TALK N Text came out with guns blazing last night with a thrilling 109-100 victory over a gritty Alaska side in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Philsports Arena.
The Tropang Texters sealed their fourth win in six games to tie with Blackwater in second spot in the provisional standings.
The Texters’ win also snapped the Aces’ three-game winning streak and relegated them to a 3-3 win-loss record.
Troy Rosario made things happen for Talk N Text, waxing hot in the rainbow country throughout the game to lift his squad to victory.
Rosario capped the night with 26 points -- including an impressive 6-of-9 shooting from the three-point area.
He also grabbed six rebounds, enough to earn the best player of the game honor.
Not to be outdone, Jayson Castro and Larry Fonacier also had impressive performances, contributing 16 points apiece.
“The goal today was to play consistent basketball for 48 minutes; it’s about playing smart,” said Talk N Text coach Nash Racela, even as he admitted the Texters are still struggling to do just that.
“We’re just looking for improvements. Ngayon ang big picture sa amin is day to day improvements,” he said.
“If it puts us in the middle of the standings, we’ll accept that. Today was ok. Alaska is our model team because they play hard for 48 minutes,” added Racela.
Talk N Text shot 45-percent from three-point range, knocking down 14 triples in the game. They also dominated the rebounding battle, grabbing 53 boards to Alaska’s 44.
The Texters actually dominated in the first half thanks in large part to Rosario, who scored 16 points including four three-pointers over the first two periods.
The Aces played without Sonny Thoss and Noy Baclao who were both still recovering from injury, leaving a void in the middle which Calvin Abueva, Vic Manuel and Kevin Racal tried to plug to no avail.
The trio nevertheless finished with 12 points or more, with Abueva turning in 18 for the Aces who snapped their streak to three games and picked up their loss in six outings.
The Aces’ sheer resiliency in both ends of the court gave Alaska fighting stance, as a result of which, the Aces were able to narrow the gap at 77-70 at the end of the third after falling behind by 16 in the first half.
That was however the best the Aces could muster in the game as the Texters continued to pounce in the middle and outside.
But the Texters opened the fourth with a blistering 13-4 run built around the long range shooting of Rosario and Fonacier.
Castro and Tautuaa also contributed to the run as they pushed the lead back up to 16, 90-74, at the nine-minute mark of the ballgame.
JV Casio tried to keep Alaska in it with a triple but Rosario knocked down another on the other end -- his sixth three-pointer of the game -- to make it 93-77.
Some solid plays from Talk N Text veterans Fonacier and Kelly Williams would keep the hard-fighting Aces at bay the rest of the way.
Talk N Text (109) -- Rosario 26, Castro 16, Fonacier 16, De Ocampo 10, Tautuaa 9, Rosser 9, Williams 8, Reyes 6, Rosales 6, Carey 3, Pogoy 0, Tamsi 0, Golla 0.
Alaska (100) -- Abueva 18, Manuel 16, Racal 14, Banchero 12, Dela Cruz 8, Casio 7, Exciminiano 6, Mendoza 5, Cruz 3, Hontiveros 3, Pascual 2.
Quarterscores: 31-22, 54-38, 77-70, 109-100.